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William Joel "Bucky" Covington III (born November 8th, 1977) was a contestant on Season 5 of American Idol.

Audition[]

Bucky's audition was not televised.

Hollywood Round[]

Bucky's stay in Hollywood was not shown much, but he sang "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts for his final solo performance. He was then placed in the same holding room as Terrell Brittenum, Kevin Covais, Kellie Pickler and Ace Young. Everyone in the room advanced to the final forty-four. At the judges' final deliberation, they told him he did enough to advance to the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Bucky sang "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Bucky sang "The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Bucky sang "Wave on Wave" by Pat Green. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[]

Bucky sang "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. He received enough votes to be "safe" for another week.

Top 11[]

Bucky sang "Oh, Boy!" by Buddy Holly. He was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week.

Top 10[]

Bucky sang "Real Good Man" by Tim McGraw. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 9[]

Bucky sang "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" by Vertical Horizon. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.

Top 8[]

Bucky sang "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen. He received the lowest number of votes that week, eliminating him from the competition.

Season 5
Finalists
Taylor Hicks  · Katharine McPhee  · Elliott Yamin  · Chris Daughtry  · Paris Bennett  · Kellie Pickler  · Ace Young  · Bucky Covington  · Mandisa  · Lisa Tucker  · Kevin Covais  · Melissa McGhee
Semifinalists
Gedeon McKinney  · Ayla Brown  · Will Makar  · Kinnik Sky  · Jose "Sway" Penala  · David Radford  · Heather Cox  · Brenna Gethers  · Patrick Hall  · Stevie Scott  · Bobby Bennett  · Becky O'Donohue
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